Questlove recently dropped by the Red Bull Music Academy in New York for a lecture, speaking at length with DJ Chairman Mao about his career and much more. Honestly, anytime Questo drops knowledge, it’s definitely well worth watching. I’m really becoming a fan of these lectures; if you enjoy them as much as I do, make sure to check out the lectures with Rakim and Stretch & Bobbito. Watch the video and read the teaser below.
“A pivotal figure of the Philly scene, Questlove cofounded The Roots, who rejuvenated hip hop in an instrumental flurry. Meanwhile, Questlove’s engagement with the Soulquarians production squad, and collaborations with artists such as D’Angelo, Jay-Z and Common have reasserted the importance of real-time playing in a style dominated by sampling and programming. Besides establishing the crucial heads’ website Okayplayer and gigging with The Roots as the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s late night show, Questlove has also acquired serious skills behind the ones and twos.”